“Yes, the students do begin before the long weekend.”
“No, they are not wasted days. In fact, they’re quite productive from a teacher’s perspective: organizing school supplies, setting routines, building relationships. By the time students are back on Tuesday we’re ready to delve in.”
“Look how tall you are: I think you grew a foot over the summer!”
And, at 2:00 pm Friday inside a grade one classroom, a student takes my hand and leads me out of his classroom… “Ms. Filewych, can I ask you something?” “Sure Kyle, what’s up?” “Can I go home yet?” “Not yet buddy. Soon…”
I’m sure everyone slept well Friday night: kids AND teachers. I know I did!